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Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,475 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,475
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 37
Gots: 111 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012

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Photo of sweemzander
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a clear pale yellow color. Some minimal white froth and lacing left behind. Decent retention.

(S)- Quite a nice blast of pine forward hops with a bit of lemon lime citrus behind it. An extremely subtle underlying sweetness, but the hops definitely take all the thunder in the aroma.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell, with a hop-centric profile. Despite a bit more pine in the smell, in the taste, the citrus comes through a bit more.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. The play of pine and citrus is fun and the underlying sweetness is there in a supporting role. Bitterness grows at it warms, but never overpowering.

(O)- I do not have a ton of experience with this particular style, but this showcases the hops quite well and is definitely easy to polish off a few of them without loosing interest.

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ChrisMon02
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint
Best by July 2013

A - Pours a clear shiny copper/brass color with 1 fingers of off-white head.

S - Big juicy citrus aroma fills the glass, some spicy onion, bready

T - Matches the nose with juicy citrus hops, tangerine, orange, and ruby grapefruit. Dried strawberries, pineapple, in a lager? Grassy/pine hops mix in creating some stickiness. Caramel malts add a very balanced sweetness and round out the hops. Firm bitterness with a long dry finish.

M - Medium body, solid carbonation smooth feel, dry and clean on the finish.

This is a double agent! This lager is bursting with fruit flavor. This could easily pass as an ale. Tons of flavor packed into a sessionable 5.00 ABV. This is one of the most impressive beers I've had this year. Hats off to Jim Koch for this awesome beer.

Photo of ejane
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Minkybut
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer IPA whatever!! into my tumbler at 45 degrees. To my delight it poured a monster creamy head that piled up over the rim of the glass. The 2nd Sam Adams of the night to do so! The beer was a goldy straw color. The smell was defiantly piney as suggested on the bottle. More like a spruce I would say. The head went away very fast as did my liking of the beer. Way too hoppy. I will not buy again.

Photo of Brewsed
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bzach
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, bright golden orange color with a white, finger width head. Good retention. Shows nice lacing with good stick.

Smell - Hop forward aroma, hitting on notes of mellow grapefruit and a slightly floral character.

Taste - As with the nose, the flavor is hop forward, hitting on moderate grapefruit and orange zest. Nearly absent malt character, comes through very faintly with a grainy quality. Not much variance from start to finish. Just a simple, straight forward profile.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate carbonation. Soft, smooth and goes down easy.

Overall - True to it's name, though it sounds better than what's actually presented here. Malts are near absent, and when presented with the forward citrus hop profile, it comes across as somewhat hollow. All in all, it's decent, but if I'm looking for a hoppy brew, I'm reaching for an assertive APA or a nice IPA.

Photo of MIA4IPA
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jsanford
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of mikeg67
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with long lasting, foamy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of orange, citrusy hops and bready malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Citrusy hops, bready and caramel malt some cotton candy fill the moth. Finish is long IPA like. There is some mismatch of flavors but, on the whole, it is good brew.

Photo of Syraquse
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Pensfan0782
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jpd026
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown with a 1/2 foamy head, and nice lacing.

Smell - Citric hops, pineapple, orange, grapefruit,honey, pine. Some added sugars, pale malts at the finish.

Taste - Palt malts, lager mixed with some piney hops at first sip. Plenty of spices mixed with some yeast adds a nice sweet flavor. The lager aspect adds a bready, earthy note. Has a herbal feel with the spices. No alcohol is present

Mouthfeel - Its medium thickness is surprizing, lots of malts and hops coat the tounge with fruits, and bready notes. Palate gets more hops and malts, with spices and yeasts. Aftertaste is hoppy, malty and a little grainy.

Overall - Pretty good beer. Nice mix of ipa and lager, and it works. Rather flavorful being 5%, and really smooth and drinkable. The balance is nice also, makes this even more enjoyable. Would recommend and drink again.

Photo of hollywood_15063
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Borrowing from Jack's Abby (on of my favorites), Sam Adams takes a crack at the IPL.

A-Pours a bright copper color. No haze. Head is a thin foamy skin. The skinny head leaves tons of lacing.

S-Interesting. Blatantly a Lager, but it is hopped with a solid dosage of West Coast hops. The intriguing mixture of yeast and hop is inciting. Grapefruit and pine with a light catty note. To me it smells like Simcoe on Lager yeast.

T-Definitely tasty! They did it well. Sam Adams does Lagers well so I am far from surprised. Piney and lightly catty with some tropical fruit and solid citrus. There is a buttered biscuit/cracker aspect that sneaks around behind the more eccentric flavors too.

M-Zipping bubbles. Moderate bitterness. Body feels fuller than a 5% brew. Drinks easy.

O/D-Sam Adams did a nice job with this one. Its not on the same tier as some of the best Jack's Abby brews (Hoponius Union and Kiwi Rising) but its certainly delicious. I think the IPL has plenty of potential and this beer is excellent evidence of my belief.

Photo of kbrown
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of scratch69
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Clear golden amber color with a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of runny lace.

Smell- Mild aroma of citrusy and piney hops.

Taste- Bread-like malt flavor with some notes grapefruit and floral hops and just a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, smooth, and mildly crisp. An average amount of carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

Overall- A decent enough beer. Better than the standard IPA but nothing special.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of justintcoons
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Straw/gold with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity and head retention. Moderate carbonation.

Orange, lemon, pineapple and papaya. Some clean caramel and hints of honey.

Candied orange, pineapple and papaya. Lemon and grapefruit juice. The malts are pilsner like with touches of honey and caramel. Some light notes of pine and florals.

Medium bodied, crisp and incredibly smooth.

I've never had a lager that worked so well with hops. Sam Adam's has always been great with lagers IMO and this really proves it. I would easily compare this to Daisy Cutter or DayTime in hop profile. The lager yeast is a real advantage and makes this beer incredibly smooth and easy drinking.

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.